This essay is an exploration of narrative theology as a theological development of the twentieth century, and it suggests connections to and implications for pastoral ministry in the specific area of pastoral counseling. -- Abstract Topic: Narrative theology.
Although there are a number of valuable books on the general topic of children’s literature, either in German-speaking countries or in the United States, there is no book which analyzes this literature from the view point of liberation, support, and suppression. As a former teacher of literature and religious education I have a special interest in language and questions of theology. Language can be a means of support when it is used for claiming justice, but at the same time it can hush up... Topics: Storytelling., genealogy
This study of economics and concrete realities expressed through Latin American liberation theology has confirmed my belief in and intrigue with the inseparability of economic analysis and a theology of liberation... The power of Latin American liberation theology lies partially in its ability to wholeheartedly address the socioeconomic realities of the everyday lives of the people who populate Latin America. – Abstract Topic: Liberation theology
To test the theory that the Book of Common Prayer can be a vehicle through which the Church can engage any difficult and contentious issue, my thesis will focus on the development of a dialogue through liturgy that could lead the Church to a theology of Christian Marriage that is inclusive of both heterosexual and homosexual persons. -- Abstract Topic: Marriage--Religious aspects--Episcopal Church
The aim of this project/thesis is to explore and reflect upon the ramifications of the relationship between parish ministry and real estate, and to lift up a unique kind of ministry to scrutiny, it is also its aim to make certain recommendations to future ministers, to seminary professors, to denominational officials, and to those engaged in the real estate business. -- Abstract. Topic: Part-time employment.
Good genes: Emerging Values for Science, Religion and Society is a group study guide and resource book for ethical deliberation and discussion about issues raised by recent developments in molecular biology, genetics and technology as these effect humankind. Everyone who makes choices or decisions which affect our own lives and the lives of others, and this includes all of us, has experience in ethics and therefore should be invited to approach this curriculum as equals, as learners from each... Topic: Medical ethics
Among those who work with AIDS organizations, lesbians occupy the margins. In the gay community, communites of color and in the health care industry, the contributions of lesbians to the work against AIDS goes unacknowledged ... This is my attempt to learn from and give voice to lesbians of every race, ethnicity and religious heritage who have chosen to walk with this storm. - Abstract. Topic: AIDS (Disease) -- Religious aspects
This thesis reviews five specific examples on Unitarian Universalist architecture in the past decade. A guiding question for my study of these buildings has been whether or not these worship spaces and churches reflect the identity of the religious communities they shelter. To begin with, I will provide a brief and general overview of the historical and contemporary contexts of these buildings. A brief history of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist architecture provides an... Topic: Unitarian Universalist church buildings--United States.
Recently, I spent nearly five months on mission pilgrimage in Aotearoa/New Zealand … During my mission I had the honour of spending a good deal of time within Nga Tikanga Maori, the Maori branch of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. I listened carefully to both verbal and non-verbal communications regarding identity and theology; seeking the ways in which persons and communities interface their Christian faith with their personal and communal realities. As I worked,... Topic: Maori (New Zealand people)--Missions.
To investigate the spirituality of women at mid-life who had made a significant decision concerning their identity and allegiance, one that had changes the course of their lives … In part, an effort to record and reflect the process of making /discovering the meaning of an important period in my life. -- Abstract Topic: Feminist theology.
The aim of this thesis is to examine the global environmental crisis that has escalated in the last decade, and to explore what people of faith, specifically people adopting Buddhist and Christian ecofeminist views of the environment, can bring to the moral dilemma. --Abstract. Topic: Ecofeminism--Religious aspects--Christianity.
Trust is the key to the success of the Metropolitan Community Chruches (MCC) as a denomination and a movement. There are so many things MCC needs in order to succeed, but I am convinced that trust and trustworthy leadership is not just a key, but THE key. Exploring the concept of trust from the viewpoint of experts in organizational development, business, and theology will be central to this project. -- Abstract. Topic: Metropolitan Community Church.
The author proposes a, “Reading in Retreat,” a three day retreat based on one of Hildegard‟s most holistic symbols- viriditas , greenness, the effective presence and working of the Holy Spirit in creation and in our spiritual lives. 8 Viriditas belongs to a group of symbols (a symbol cluster) that evoke wholeness and salvation. The retreat explores the symbol itself, how Hildegard uses this symbol, and how it supports a healthy spirituality. By focusing on a particular symbol, we can... Topics: Hildegard, Saint, 1098-1179, Spiritual life, Spiritual formation
"This thesis argues that infant male circumcision is a legitimate and relevant social issue for the field of Christian ethics, and analyzes the range of contemporary Christian responses to circumcision in the United States, both academic and popular. Christianity played a role in the rise of secular medical circumcision in the Victorian period, and many American Christians practice circumcision today. Christians who oppose circumcision can productively assist the gradual, voluntary... Topics: Circumcision, Circumcision--Religious aspects--Christianity, Circumcision--Moral and ethical aspects
My thesis will explore the healing power found in the union of sexuality and spirituality... sharing evidence of how it is transformational in the lives of queer people, and demonstrating whre evidence of it can be found in scripture. -- Abstract. Topic: Metropolitan Community Church
The goals of the thesis: To identify the ways in which Liberal Feminism points or fails to point the way to Feminist Liberation. -- To discover what personally, institutionally, societally, and intellectually blocks and facilitates white, middle-strata feminist Presbyterian clergywomen in moving more consistently toward Feminist Liberation. -- To uncover the limitations and risks of feminist Presbyterian clergywomen continuing to affirm and use a Liberal Feminist analysis as a foundation base... Topic: Presbyterian Church--Clergy
This thesis will serve those who read it as both an “introduction” and an “invitation” to feminist theology in providing a sampling of insights from a range of feminist theologians that may offer encouragement for the readers to further investigate the works written by them. This thesis is also an invitation offered to those women and men who week after week worship in their local churches only to walk out of these institutions frustrate, confused, angered, marginalized and searching... Topic: Women--Religious life--United States.
This thesis focuses on the racial and religious identity development of second-generation Kerala Christian Americans belonging to the Church of South India (CSI) congregations in North America. The primary purpose of this study is to develop ways to carry out ethnic youth ministry that would be sensitive to the ethnic identity formation of second-generation young people. In the exploration of such a ministry, this study makes the assertion that ethnic identity development of these young people... Topic: Church of South India--United States.
"This thesis gathers the experiences of a small number of Chinese Americans who, like myself, came to be members of Episcopal congregations that were largely non- Chinese. It makes no claim to be a comprehensive or authoritative “study” of all Chinese Americans in the Episcopal Church. I call the six people who shared their voices Dialog Partners rather than “research subjects.” The Dialog Partners’ voices and my own are put in conversation with literature selected from Asian... Topics: Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries, Asian-American Protestants--Religious life--United States, Chinese...
"The challenges facing Afro-Anglican congregations involve questions of mission, ministry and leadership. Many Afro-Anglican congregations consist of a varied mixture of people of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, and African background or heritage. This diasporic context raises questions of identity, meaning, and purpose. It is against this backdrop that I seek to explore the heritage, identity, and ministry of Afro-Anglican s in the United States. I revision the identity and the ministry... Topics: African American Episcopalians, African American Episcopalians--Religious life, Christian...
This thesis is a testament to my struggle to say something important that counts - to articulate a holy hunch ... The diversity found within humanity is both intentional and incarnational, and can provide an embodied means to genuine community, becuase it is the essence of and a gift from God. -- Abstract. Topic: Christianity and culture.
"The Christian Karens are the majority of Christian population in Burmese Christianity. For many decades, Christian Karens have represented the image of Burmese Christianity. Theologies of Christian Karens are considered as the theologies of Burmese Christians. The nineteenth century Christian theologies rooted in the western missionaries do not work in today’s experience of the Burmese people, both Christians and non-Christians. Today the Burmese people are experiencing political,... Topics: Karen (Southeast Asian people)--Missions, Missions--Burma, Christianity and culture--Burma,...
The major premise in my thesis is that Jesus’ universal paradigm of ministry liberates and re-creates Confuncianized Koreans. It is symbolized in the new worship model of observing all that Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:20. My assumption is that a worship form should be considered as culmination of ministry or symbolic of a ministerial system. – Abstract. Topic: Jesus Christ--Teachings
"Episcopal female clergy leaders of African heritage: trailblazers and colleagues" is a two part work focused on two groups of women and their stories, spiritual formation, ministry and struggles. The first part consists of interviews with five of the first eleven African American women ordained as priests in the Episcopal Church. The second section looks at the ministry of some of my colleagues, whose paths I have crossed during our ministry, who have or are working in all or... Topic: African American women--Religious life
This master's thesis will offer two models to examine worldviews for human survival: the Titanic and the Ark. I conclude that the Ark represents the preferable worldview from an ecological perspective and argue that it is the basis for a more egalitarian view of laity in the church. I also suggest similar such studies as the basis for lay-led Christian formation activities centered on Creation care. Topics: Ecotheology, Human ecology--Religious aspects--Christianity, Animals--Religious...
An attempt to explain how ritual acts can exist in the Gopel of Philip, a test that constitutes a component of a gnostic theological discourse in which created material being is evil. --Conclusion (p. 42). Topic: Philip, the Evangelist, Saint
The thesis will address the question - what can we do to mitigate the tragedy of over 20,000 of our fellow human beings dying every day in the developing world due to hunger, disease, exposure, and neglect.--Abstract. Topic: UN Millennium Project
In 1979 conservatives in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) staged a successful coup and gained total control of the denomination. Ministers who were not “loyal to the party in power” either left the new, conservative SBC or were chased away. This thesis uses interviews with W. Randall Lolley, Ginger Barfield, Anna Anderson, Molly Marshall, and Mona West to describe their journeys into and out of the Southern Baptist Convention. Also told is the story of the author, Cindy Savage-King.... Topics: :Southern Baptist Convention--History--20th century, Southern Baptist Convention--Controversial...
The vast discrepancy between the number of lesbian clergy who are out, employed and valued and the majority who are forced to remain closeted to retain the respect they have earned is staggering in both number and implication. Denominations that officially refuse to ordain “self-avowed, practicing homosexuals” are accepting them into the ranks of the clergy by the score as long as they remain closeted. Their gifts in ministry are clearly valued and their “calls” affirmed. This fact... Topic: Lesbian clergy.
Drawing on over three years of ministry in the virtual world of Second Life as a case study, this thesis explores the question, “Is online ministry ethical and effective for the spiritual development of individuals in the formation of a faith community?” We explore why many people are suspicious of the possibility of relating to others in virtual reality. Addressing the obvious issues of perceived and real anonymity, we consider how virtual relationships are similar and different to... Topics: Metropolitan Community Church, Virtual reality--Religious aspects, Second Life (Game), Shared...
A contribution to the conversation taking place in MCC (Metropolitan Community Church) about how we can practically recognize and draw upon our unique perspectives and strengths, of which I believe queer theology to be the primary tool, in order to live faithfully into our vision. -- Abstract Topic: Queer theory
An attempt to look at Eucharistic liturgy through the lens of Indian street theater, with the hope that the latter will suggest specific ways to re-form the performance of Eucharistic liturgies so that they may more effectively mediate the sacramental promise of liberation/salvation. --Abstract. Topic: Street theater--India
In this thesis I have explored the need of middle school children in Manchester for “a place” to “hang out.” Toward that end, I have also explored my own life path and the reasons I know that I am called by God to work for “a place’ of these children in Manchester. I have concluded that there are overwhelming theological, ethical, and social imperatives supporting this goal. Nonetheless, I have also concluded that Manchester has a long history of shortchanging its children. This is... Topic: Church work with teenagers--Massachusetts--Manchester.
"The Old Catholic Church, Province of the United States (TOCCUSA) is a fledgling church in the Catholic tradition establishing its identity in the United States. As a nascent organization, it presently lacks the structure for educating its clergy. Currently, most of the clergy and membership were formed in the Roman Catholic Church and because TOCCUSA envisions a more inclusive, welcoming and contemporary Catholic Church, a new model of ministry better reflecting its ethos is desired.... Topics: Old Catholic Church in America, Catholic traditionalist movement, Independent Catholic Churches,...
This thesis will explore [John Henry] Newman’s notion of the development of doctrine, with attention to the historical context in which he wrote. -- Abstract. Topic: Newman, John Henry, 1801-1890. Theory of developments in religious doctrine.
In My Father’s House: An African American Male Ministry” is a work designed to fully empower a segment of God’s creation for the work of ministry in and out of the institutional church. It is my belief that there is a significant and underutilized community of potential believers who if empowered will be strong and faithful witnesses to God’s power and glory. It is my belief that working with African American men through retreats, prayer groups, fellowship and service opportunities, we... Topic: African American men--Religious life.
Hildegard of Bingen, famous in her lifetime as a prophet and composer of music, poetry, and books, left a collection of sermons which she had given to her nuns. The purpose of this paper is to locate these sermons within the culture in which they were performed, to examine how Hildegard uses symbols in the composing of these sermons, and speculate on how this knowledge might help preachers effectively and ethically evangelize. The particular lens through which I will conduct this analysis will... Topic: Hildegard, Saint, 1098-1179
My hope is that an anti-racism education program offered to Christians in a predominantly white suburban community will motivate them to truly follow the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, who created an inclusive community of faithful people, regardless of their race, social or religious staus, or gender. “There is no longer Jew or Greek, thee is nom longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28) What follows is the result of a... Topic: Race relations--Religious aspects--Christianity.
In this thesis I have tried to illuminate the importance of using a different historical imagination in revisioning our traditions and history. A different historical imagination enables us to ask new questions, and they, in turn, lead us to further expansion of even more different historical imaginations. In my search for a different historical imagination, I have also tried to illustrate the importance of who tells what stories and how they are told. This is because stories have a strong... Topic: Martha, Saint.
The truism that clergy are human includes the facts that clergy are just as prone to suffer the kind of life-crisis that other people suffer as they face the change of perspective of the second half of life. The point of view from which this thesis proceeds is that life-crisis will not be prevented by excellent formation early in a person’s ordained life, but that good early formation could mitigate some of the worst effects in later years. Secondly the Church has a role to play in taking... Topic: Episcopal Church--Clergy.
This thesis explored the practice of hospitality and how the church and its institutions can recover the age-old practice of hospitality in an era of market church survival. This essay is not so much a “how to do it” cookbook, although it tis grounded in experience and context, as it is ammunition in making the claim that church institutions and organizations can be transformed into living centers of mutual empowerment.-- Abstract. Topic: St. John's Episcopal Church (Wichita, Kan.)
With a primary focus on the Isaiah texts from the librettos of Adams's musical work [El Nino], this thesis will document how the texts are used to tell the story of the nativity. -- Abstract Topic: Oratorios
The primary purpose of this project is to draw on … different disciplines in order to analyze and critique two particular films [Thelma and Louise, Do the Right Thing] within the context of theology and ethics. -- Abstract Topic: Thelma & Louise (Motion picture)
Metropolitan Community Churches, and other queer-affirming congregations, are communities of faith for a population that is at once privileged and oppressed: privileged, because those who self-identify as queer are often from the middle and professional classes, and oppressed because of the social and religious anti-queer stigma that is still a very large part of the dominant culture. Because of this oppression, it is predictable that congregants will, to some extent, experience feelings of... Topic: Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches.
I will develop a way to understand and communicate communal grief as a process the HIV/AIDS-affected community has to go through. I will offer this as a development of grief theory in a narrative form as a Village of Grief. I will then apply this grief theory to the situation of HIV/AIDS. In order to do so I will offer a theoretical definition of the HIV/AIDS-affected community. In a next step I will describe several exemplary expressions of communal HIV/AIDS-related grief in the past and come... Topic: AIDS (Disease) -- Psychological aspects
What does it mean to transport the methodology and insights of feminist liberation theology into another venue? Specifically, can my faith community, Metropolitan Community Church, benefit from a theology of liberation constructed using feminist liberation theology as a model? I believe the answer is an unqualified “YES!” I came to the Episcopal Divinity School to study theology from within my own context and praxis of Metropolitan Community Church; and I hoped to begin to construct a... Topic: Metropolitan Community Church--Liberation theology.
As an activist and political rhetorician, Luce Irigaray continually positions her work vis-à-vis communities of women who are struggling against the oppressive logic of phallocentrism and its conception of the divine, yet her audience has been and continues to be academic feminists whose disciplinary interests rarely lead them to construct liturgies and socially-enacted rhetorics designed to test the practical force of Luce Irigaray’s theological reflections. Such is not the case, however,... Topic: Irigaray, Luce.
At its heart this thesis is an invitation. I invite the reader to share the journey stated in the thesis title: Returning to Holy Wells: Reflections on Refreshing God’s People.” That returning must never cease because our spiritual grounding unfolds as a continuous process and through the repetition of what we practice. It can be no other way for we do not ‘own’ the Holy. We grow thirsty on such a journey, and we need repeated refreshment for our deepest spiritual thirsts. We seek that... Topic: Eucharistic prayers--Episcopal Church--Liturgy.
No one (according to my research) has written about personal transformation with social transformation as the mission of the parish. No one has overlaid social transformation onto personal transformation in the context of parish life and mission. Theologian Richard Rohr (who forms much of his work from the spiritual insights of Thomas Merton) says, “true Christian spirituality requires both an inner journey to the depth of the soul and an outer journaey to the broken of society. Where the two... Topic: Grace Episcopal Church (Millbrook, N.Y.)